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S. Korea fisheries minister sacked over oil spill

Published on Feb 6, 2014 8:07 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korean President Park Geun Hye on Thursday sacked the country's fisheries minister over a huge oil spill that has fouled the shoreline off the southern port of Yeosu.

More than 164,000 litres of crude oil spilt into the sea after a Singapore-registered tanker, Wu Yi San, hit a pier and pierced a pipeline operated by a refiner.

There was no leak of crude from the tanker itself, but a 10-kilometre stretch of coastline was affected by the incident, causing damage to fish farms.

Fisheries Minister Yoon Jin Sook sparked an uproar after she said the primary victim of the accident was the refiner and not local fishermen.

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